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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

In sharp contrast to the perception on the right that the press corps is in the tank for Democrats and Barack Obama, there has not been a single week this year when the president received more positive coverage than negative, according to a media study released Monday.

The nonpartisan report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found that it was Mitt Romney’s primary win in his home state of Michigan on Feb. 28 that convinced journalists he was certain to be the Republican standard-bearer; from then on, coverage of his candidacy grew considerably more positive.

But the most interesting nugget in the report, which is based on “analysis of the tone and volume of candidate coverage during the 2012 primary season from January 2-April 15 using human coding of 52 key news outlets and computer-assisted coding of more than 11,000 news outlets,” is that Barack Obama has been subjected to sustained negative coverage as Republicans have fought to challenge him:

In Obama’s case, his negative coverage was driven by several factors. One was the consistent criticism leveled at him by each of the Republican contenders during primary season. The other involved news coverage of issues—ranging from the tenuous economic recovery to the continuing challenges to his health care legislation—with which he was inextricably linked. An examination of the themes in Obama’s coverage also reveals that the coverage placed him firmly in campaign mode. His coverage that focused on the strategic frame exceeded that relating to policy issues by 3:1.

The upshot for the White House? As attention shifts to a focus on the Romney-Obama match-up, polls showing the president in a strong starting position and Romney with major weaknesses among key demographic groups — especially women and minorities — will influence coverage, evening out the narrative.

Find the full Pew study here.

 

  • lol.. BS

  • Neverdnyed

    Hussain Obama must first do something good to get positive news coverage. Well duh!!!

    • TheSkalawag929

      What would YOU consider good?
      Please don’t be obvious.

  • Really??? I wonder why? Well actually I don’t wonder why…I Know that most CORPORATE MEDIA is OWNED by GOP and or TEA PARTY people that their ULTIMATE GOAL is to GET OBAMA out of the WHITE HOUSE…but guess what….NO NO NO GOP NO NO NO!!!

    • This country can’t afford another 4 years of NOBAMA!!! Wake up people look at the facts!!!!

      • Must be a Rush Limbaugh ZOMBIE!!!

      • Must be a Rush Limbaugh ZOMBIE !!!

      • TheSkalawag929

        On the contrary patricia, this country cannot afford not to have four more years of Obama.

        Obama/Biden 2012

        • devonshire11

          Since the debt ceiling increase last August Obama has blown through nearly $5trillion of $2.7Trillion in revenue and $2.3Trillion in borrowed money. That is in 10 months. Lets fast forward 4 years to another Obama administration. We are looking at a minimum $24Trillion dollar bill on top of the $15Trillion in debt that we have today. Think about it …$5Trillion of the $15Trillion was amassed in just the past 2 years. Obama is a great salesman …but a totally incompetent manager. he can not control his federal agencies. Look at these fools running around living lavish lifestyles on taxpayer money. The first Lady taking world vacations while the American people suffer at home. No more Obama!

          • Jon

            You wanna see outlandish spending? If the Mitten ekes by he say’s his first duty will be to vacation in France with his family.. On the taxpayers dime! That alone will make Obama’s Hawaiian vacation look like chicken feed.

          • devonshire11

            Really, Provide me the link to that one.

          • ckibbey80

            And where do you think that a lot of that loot went? Maybe to the Iraq/Afgan war?

      • Jon

        You say the Country can’t afford another 4 years of Obama (yes, I don’t slur my names) .. Yet, look what you’re offering as an alternative.

      • ckibbey80

        Lady you need to wake up and look at the facts! After 8 years of Bush who caused the downfall, NO ONE can simply wave the magic hand and everything becomes OK. It takes years to repair an economy that has crashed as badly as our did. Look at the Great Depression, it took more then 10 years to get thing back on track. If it had not been for FDR-a democrat I might add, your pretty little face would NOT have many of the “entitlement” (social security the main one) programs we have today. It’s appearant you don’t have a clue about history. Not to mention after 12 years of GOP controled congress (house and senate 1994-2006), and 6 years of the GOP having the whole business (president, senate, and house from 2000-2006) at which time Bush did not even so much as veto 1 thing during that time, got us into a “hot” war in Iraq which got a lot of people killed on both sides needlessly, let Osama B. get away, distroyed the middle classs, and so on…

        You must be one of these people who want all the services, but don’t want to pay for them with the attitude that some one else but me should pay the bill. Are you in the top 1% of income earners? If you’re not, you need to have your head examined for even giving the GOP a second thought!

      • ckibbey80

        Lady you need to wake up and look at the facts! After 8 years of Bush who caused the downfall, NO ONE can simply wave the magic hand and everything becomes OK. It takes years to repair an economy that has crashed as badly as our did. Look at the Great Depression, it took more then 10 years to get thing back on track. If it had not been for FDR-a democrat I might add, your pretty little face would NOT have many of the “entitlement” (social security the main one) programs we have today. It’s appearant you don’t have a clue about history. Not to mention after 12 years of GOP controled congress (house and senate 1994-2006), and 6 years of the GOP having the whole business (president, senate, and house from 2000-2006) at which time Bush did not even so much as veto 1 thing during that time, got us into a “hot” war in Iraq which got a lot of people killed on both sides needlessly, let Osama B. get away, distroyed the middle classs, and so on…

        You must be one of these people who want all the services, but don’t want to pay for them with the attitude that some one else but me should pay the bill. Are you in the top 1% of income earners? If you’re not, you need to have your head examined for even giving the GOP a second thought!

      • majong13

        Patricia, I guess you are not for women’s rights.

    • devonshire11

      I didn’t know that. So NBC, , CNN, New York Times, Gannett News corp, Time Warner, Universal,Turner Broadcasting, with folks like David Gregory, Rev. Sharpton, Chris Matthews, Ed Shultz, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Donna Brazil, David Axlerod, Debbie Wasserman Shultz and more are actually Tea partiers.
      This is great news. I knew they were. They are just pretending to show Obama in a favorable light …kind of “reverse psychology” He is …but he ain’t”!…and they know it.

  • tweedle de, tweedle dum. twidle your thumb, a crook is not exactly the same as a puppet, when? the rich whitemans press is never going to tell you the truth anyway, and your supprised?

  • obama must go we need a strong leadership at these critical time’s we need no weakness its like some of these married guy’s that beat or smack there wife;s around when it comes to a real man they have no ball’s, that’s just about obama is doing passing all these law’s behind closed door’s an ETC doing the same to the american people when obama comes down to foreign policy he bow’s down to them an apologize’s to them THIS IS WHAT WE DON’T NEED WE NEED A STRONG AMERICA GOD BLESS AMERICA YOU GUY’S SHOULD READ THE HARBINGER THATS HOVERING OVER AMERICA WE NEED TO PUT GOD BACK IN AMERICA WE MUST PRAY HEY THANKS JOHNNY

    • TheSkalawag929

      fred please answer a few questions for us. What weaknesses do you see in President Obama’s leadership? How do you come to compare the President to a spouse abuser?What laws has Obama passed behind closed doors? Where do you get the notion that this administration is an apologist one? And what does your rant in capital letters mean? I have read and re-read that part of your comment and I just don’t understand what you are saying.

  • 1AmericanHoney27

    This must be the dumbass fat cat section… ( Republi-cons ). I shall go where the intelligent people are…. That would be the intelligent area of The National Memo where the Obamaians are talking with sense…. Later Loooooosers !!!!! Obama/Biden 2012….. Please continue walkng out the ede of your neck to each other. Undoubtedly the highlight of ya’ll night. Nice comments Orlando Sanchez

  • mar6724

    America is still a land of democracy and the people of this nation will decide the Presidential Election. The media and political polls are for “talking points”. The people of this great nation for the most part is smarter than most of their elective officials. The people will see through the smoke screens and ineffective decisions made by congress on both sides of the political spectrum. People of this nation still be believe in fairness, hard work, and that everyone should have an opportunity to advance their lives. We the people will speak and our voices will please some and anger most politicians. The Republican Party has lessons to learn and the Democratic Party-my political affiliation cannot take for granted the voters who back them. We want our voices heard and a government for the people by the people. The media and political polls will not decide the election.

  • TheOldNorthChurch

    Reminds me of the McGovern vs Nixon Campaign. People actually thought McGovern had a chance, even stupid Nixon.

    Final Analysis – Obama is toast. He just doesn’t have the political savey of LBJ.

    • viewfromtheleftcoast

      Aaaa, and Romney does?????….bankrupting businesses is not political savvy…… Let’s see…..how would Romney handle an obstructionist House and Senate?

      • TheOldNorthChurch

        That of course will be the question as his party will not have a super majority in the Senate. He will not have a obstructionist House based on today’s poll numbers. If he behaves like the past members of the “Political Class” – Clinton, Bush and Obama – then we are all toast.

  • lourdmar

    It looks suspiciously like the media can be tempted to pursue mediocrity and base principles. Media gave Bush the benefit of myriad doubts …media destroyed Howard Dean by raising the volume on his victory speech and playing it ad infinitum…. outside of specific news agencies, mainstream media have ignored Libertarian candidates and media have not properly covered the disrespect of our President and vitriol from the radical right. Now they prop up mr. Moneybags. What is the appeal of a vacuumed brain, a puppet candidate and a blank page?

  • Romney would be a greater disaster for America than Bush was, because he will pander to the far right, which now has a stronger voice in the Republican party. More and more moderate Republicans are offended by the radical right diatribe…just as we moderate independents are offended. American needs stronger schools and more education….not less, as evidenced by the dumb language I see from the right wing posters on this blog. We need more engineers and professional graduates so America can compete in the world. The right wing candidates deny the issues of education. They want to kill the Department of Education. Santorum proposed home schooling, (I wonder if he can do calculus?) Other right wingers want to teach pseudo science such as “intelligent design” and “creationism” as if science was just a “theory” as they say. Some have openly advocated States Rights and Segregation!! And let’s not forget that when the subject of poor, blind, sickly, aged, retired “dependent” people was brought up in a Tea Party talk, and the speaker suggested that without social programs they would die in the street; those right wing Republican extremist jerks applauded. That is offensive to middle of the road Americans and we definitely are in the majority. We are not a “Capitalist” country…we are a hybrid….we have many good and necessary social programs…like free education….that helped make the Middle Class in America. That strong affluent Middle Class is the true driver of prosperity for all people in America, including the wealthy top 1% !! And our greatest economic growth came when they were taxed far higher than they are today. Don’t forget that the Republicans led the charge to “Deregulate” Wall Street and the Banking Industry and that led directly to the economic crash…..Didn’t you lose enough value in your home that you would consider re-elcting them again?!?!? I think Romney’s hidden overseas accounts and tax evasion will become issues in the coming months, as well as his only paying 14% to 15% taxes on the money he didn’t hide. They also don’t care if you and your children have clean air, or safe workplaces or some professionals to ensure your food is clean and healthy…they want to also abolish the EPA, OSHA and the FDA. Die baby Die should be their chant. That stupid freak Lush Rimbaugh (the Lush used drugs in the form of diet pills and overdosed his life with the abuse) even spouted about lifting the ban on DDT, which scientists confirmed was a “persistent” poison on the environment and was killing many animals….none the least was the Bald Eagle…symbol of our country….because it was making their egg shells soft…then DDT was banned and now we are enjoying the recovery of the species to the point where they are off the endangered list. But stupid right wing extremists don;t care about science or facts and regularly distort the truth for fianancial exploitation….look for more of that kind of truths to be revealed!!! Dump the GOP in 2012!!

  • Robert DOWD

    On the day President Obama was sworn in, the GOP Congressional leadership lined up to say “our most important job is to make sure this President fails”. Well, they’ve obfusicated, obstructed, outright lied, stymied appointments to important jobs, and now — it appears — they’ve got their message to corporate media – Obama must fail, if we are to help YOU succeed! Somewhere in this, the needs of the American people were lost. The GOP platform is do it yourself, we represent big business and not people. Then there’s the matter Obama doesn’t exactly look like a lot of America and he has a foreign-sounding name and he took advantage of America’s opportunities to become successful. That must really rankle the 1%, as well as a few 1% wanna-be’s.

    • TheOldNorthChurch

      Robert – when Obama was sworn in he had a super majority in the Senate and control in the House. He not only represented Big Business (Buffet, GE, Google, Microsoft) and Big Banks (Timothy and his cronies) he made sure that he collected Big Money from them all.

      Time to return our Government to the American People and end the rule of the “Political Class” and there controllers – Big Business, Big Labor, Big Banks.

  • Dowd & Sanchez have the picture right. Unfortunately Ms. Powers is one of the deluded from the media barrage that doesn’t get it. What she and others don’t see is all of the rights that have been won for her as a women will one way or another be taken away and she will find herself back in the 17th century. Even worse is the neo-Nazi frame work and agenda that my mother and father fought in WWII, coming back. People can be so blind with all the rhetoric and hoopla that distracts from what is the true course and purpose of these candidates on the right. People need to remember that Obama inherited a horrific mess that had no rule book on how to fix it and people have to realize that if it took 10 to 20 years to make this mess, you can’t wave a magic wand and fix it in four, get real. We are all impatient, sick and tired but this is a war that will take a long time to fix with a constant battle from powerful people who want to preserve the status quo. There is a tremendous amount of money involved with totally unscrupulous people who will do anything and don’t give a damn who they hurt.

  • How stupid do you think I am……Obama has the media on his side and always has……Wake up America!!!!! Before it is too late ….and we lose this beautiful country.

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  • The bottomline is that when you go against wealthy, the richest in business in the USA, you are asking to be taken to the woodshed and you’re not going to come out the same! Wall Street, Banks, Big Oil, Big Businesses, all want to have as much unregulated laws to be able to screw the workers, investors, the global environment. Stop making the wealthy the ones that decide how mcuh they are able to steal from women, the middle class, the hardwoking Americans, and the poor of America!!

  • paverop1

    This what happens when the media is owned and paid for by the 1%